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Buffalo Trades Ryan O’Reilly To St. Louis

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(July 1, 2018) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have acquired center Ryan O'Reilly from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forwards Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka and Tage Thompson, as well as a first-round pick in 2019 and a second-round pick in 2021.  

        O'Reilly, 27, was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche, 33rd overall, in the 2009 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft.  Last season, the 6'1, 216-pound centerman appeared in 81 games with Buffalo, tallying 61 points, including 24 goals and 37 assists.  O'Reilly is a four-time 20-goal scorer and has recorded 55 or more points in six seasons, including each of the last five.  In 2013-14, he logged a career-high 64 points while only serving two penalty minutes, earning the 2014 Lady Byng Trophy.  In 2015-16, O'Reilly was selected to the NHL All-Star Game before finishing the year with a career-best 39 assists and 60 points overall.  Overall, he is a veteran of nine NHL seasons, including six with Colorado and three with Buffalo.  O'Reilly has posted 422 points, including 155 goals and 267 assists, in 651 career regular season games, as well as seven points (three goals, four assists) in 13 career postseason games.

       Internationally, the Clinton, Ontario, native is a three-time gold medalist with Team Canada.  O'Reilly captured gold in back-to-back years at the 2015 and 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships, totaling 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) in 20 combined tournament games.  He also earned gold at the 2017 World Cup of Hockey, where he dressed in six games.  That same year, O'Reilly collected nine points (six goals, three assists) in 10 games at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, capturing a silver medal.  Additionally, O'Reilly has represented Canada at the 2012, 2013 and 2018 IIHF World Championships.

        Berglund, 30, was originally drafted by the Blues, 25th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.  In 10 seasons with the Blues, the 6'4, 219-pound forward collected 322 points (168 goals, 154 assists) and 242 penalty minutes in 694 regular season games.  Berglund is a native of Vasteras, Sweden.

        Sobotka, 30, originally joined the Blues via trade from the Boston Bruins on June 26, 2010.  Across nine NHL seasons, including six with the Blues, the 5'10, 184-pound forward has tallied 155 points (47 goals, 108 assists) in 463 regular season games.  Sobotka is a native of Trebic, Czech Republic.

        Thompson, 20, was originally drafted by the Blues, 26th overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.  Last season, his first in the NHL, the 6'5, 205-pound forward recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) in 41 regular season games.  The Phoenix, Arizona, native also posted 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 30 regular season games with the Blues' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.

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Primis's avatar




STL just paid a king’s ransom for a 20 goal, 50-60 point C and I have no idea why.

Posted by Primis on 07/01/18 at 08:58 PM ET

PierreC's avatar

you kind of wonder why they do these trades…to justify their jobs ?

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 07/01/18 at 09:15 PM ET


Because he does it while being one of the best defensive centers in the game.  With Taresenko he could really break out.

But that was a kings ransom.  Dont know if it’ll be worth it losing sobotka and both the 1sts.  Hopefully they make them late picks.

Posted by ThatGuy on 07/01/18 at 09:16 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

The first round pick to Buffalo is top 10 protected, Armstrong said.

This makes it worse.

One of the oddest trades I can remember

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 07/01/18 at 10:14 PM ET

Alan's avatar

A lot of Blues fans I know are quite happy with the trade. I can see it, but am curious as to how well it’s going to pan out for O’Reilly and the Blues.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/01/18 at 11:17 PM ET


I kinda get this trade actually.

Both Berglund and Sobotka are basically Darren Helms from a contract perspective—not that they’re bad players in an absolute sense, but they’re clear bottom six forwards getting paid way too much for what they provide. Normally these sorts of players are negative value in a trade—in other words you generally need to add a decent pick or prospect of your own and/or take out somebody else’s garbage just to get rid of them.

Ryan O’Reilly, meanwhile, is 28th overall in NHL scoring over the last five years while playing on garbage teams. He’s not an all-star, no, but he is a competent first-line center who probably still has some solid years left.

And the cap hits of current players basically cancel out in the deal—ROR is at $7.5 million, while Berglund + Sobotka is $7.35.

I know when you just look at the overall trade details it looks like St. Louis dropped a ton of assets for one good-not-great center. But when you think of it more like:

Sobotka + Berglund + 2nd = cap dump with sweetener
1st + Thompson = O’Reilly

That’s really not a bad deal for St. Louis. They get a lot better in the short term without increasing their costs, and in terms of future potential they paid a fair price for a good top six center.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 07/02/18 at 10:10 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

That’s just insane.

The only saving grace isn’t going to be a Ufa for a few years.

Stl confuses me because they’ve been on the bubble but also sellers and unable to keep their own players. So which is it?

Posted by TreKronor on 07/02/18 at 10:12 AM ET


Couple this trade with the moves St Louis did in free agency (Perron, Bozak) and I can see where the Blues are going. They have to know that their window could slam shut as quick as is opened and need to win NOW. They cannot afford to let the entire division pass them by.

Posted by evileye on 07/02/18 at 12:37 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

Not a bad trade, as far as Buffalo getting value for O’Reilly, but I guess I don’t understand wanting to trade him at all. Does Buffalo’s front office think they have too many good centers or is it a salary dump on their part?

To be honest, hearing about this trade just served to remind me of the unbelievable haul Holland got for Mrazek and Tatar.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 07/02/18 at 03:43 PM ET


Agree with Sven22 f & evileye when all things considered they are a better team now. They had to make changes and did.

Posted by Puckbubba on 07/02/18 at 03:46 PM ET

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